Movies like Bartleby

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Bartleby (2001)
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Bartleby (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An adaptation of Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby, the Scrivener" told in the setting of a modern office.
Style: humorous, dark humor, semi serious, surreal, atmospheric, clever, offbeat, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: insubordination, office, mysterious character, workplace intrigue, boss and employee, fish out of water, workplace, workplace situations, dishonesty, disorder, power relations, sex, dog, dancing, prostitute, ship, cat, money, police, hotel, food, death, male female relationship, rock musician, internet ...
Time: contemporary

Most similar movies to Bartleby

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and clever films with plots about workplace, workplace situations, power relations, satire, boss and employee, disorder and office mostly in Comedy, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Bartleby: Clockwatchers (1997), The Boss of It All (2006), Head Office (1985), The Hospital (1971), Fear and Trembling (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Clockwatchers (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, atmospheric, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, office, workplace, workplace situations, fighting the system, heist, office politics, secretary, father daughter relationship, women, eating disorder, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Boss of It All (2006)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Iceland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.
Style: surreal, humorous, not serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: office, workplace, boss and employee, comedy of errors, fish out of water, dishonesty, actor's life, workplace situations, negotiation, husband wife relationship, employer employee relationship, computer system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark, new jersey
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90%
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Head Office (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this comic take on big-business wheelings and dealings, an ambitious senator's son (Judge Reinhold) moves up the corporate ladder through undeserved promotions. But against his better judgment, he falls for a woman (the chairman's ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: boss and employee, workplace intrigue, power relations, rise to the top, dishonesty, workplace, cons and scams, workplace situations, workplace romance, job promotion, chaos and mayhem, media satire ...
Time: 80s
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76%
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The Hospital (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A suicidal doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.
Style: dark humor, talky, suspense, clever, realistic ...
Plot: satire, murder, hospital, chaos, midlife crisis, power relations, workplace intrigue, innocence lost, couple relations, alcohol abuse, doctors and patients, human nature ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Fear and Trembling (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amélie, a young Belgian woman, having spent her childhood in Japan, decides to return to live there and tries to integrate in the Japanese society. She is determined to be a "real Japanese" before her year contract runs out, though it ...
Style: witty, semi serious, realistic, humorous, clever ...
Plot: translator, fish out of water, workplace, culture clash, employer employee relationship, power relations, boss and employee, workplace intrigue, demotion, friendship, japanese culture, cultural difference ...
Time: contemporary, year 1993, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Tommy is a vacuum cleaner salesman gripped by the fever of closing the deal. He lives on puffa rice stored in his glove compartment, listens to motivation tapes of his own voice shouting 'Sell, sell, fucking sell' and his punters are up to ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, talky, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: partners, odd couple, job seeking, working class, fish out of water, introspection, self discovery, reluctant partners, blind ambition, ambition, contests and competitions, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Rick (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: "Rigoletto" retold at Christmas time in Manhattan's corporate world. Rick, an executive at Image, is a jerk to a woman applying for a job. That evening, he's out for drinks with his much younger boss, Duke, and the same women is ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, clever, dark humor ...
Plot: hitman, office, wall street, mind game, life is a bitch, couple relations, boss and employee, parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, workplace, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Syrup (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A slacker hatches a million-dollar idea. But, in order to see it through, he has to learn to trust his attractive corporate counterpart. Based on Max Barry's novel.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting, talky ...
Plot: boss and employee, ambition, workplace, workplace situations, power relations, dishonesty, betrayal, inventions and discoveries, female boss, advertising agency, satire, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Haiku Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Josh is the consummate temp employee, avoiding all long-term connections and responsibilities, both at work and in his personal life. However, by the time his agency places him at the Schuyler & Mitchell law firm, Josh is tired of his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, funny, absurd ...
Plot: law firm, workplace, nothing goes right, fighting the system, disorder, introspection, workplace situations, fish out of water, boss and employee, down on your luck, obnoxious boss, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Devil Wears Prada is about a young journalist who moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss however is extremely demanding and cruel and won’t let her succeed if she doesn’t fit into the high class elegant look of their ...
Style: witty, realistic, twists and turns, clever, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fashion, career woman, city life, strong female character, boss and employee, workplace situations, fish out of water, women, employer employee relationship, workplace intrigue, assistant, journalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006
Place: new york, paris france, usa, miami, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Battle of Mary Kay (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film is about two companies who are battling it out for customers, Mary Kay, and one of her workers Lexi Wilcox are fighting it out with Jinger Heath. Who will win? You will have to see.
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, stylized, clever ...
Plot: rivalry, workplace, ambition, rise to the top, lifestyle, workplace intrigue, makeup artist, elderly, golden years, office, business, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Whole Life Ahead (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The vicissitudes of a newly graduated girl in the universe of the precarious work. Marta is a well- educated girl; she is curious and silent one, which finds work in the call center of a company that sells a futuristic appliance. So she finds out a ...
Style: touching, sincere, surreal, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, labor union, call center, single parent, boss and employee, office, workplace situations, workplace, obnoxious boss, power relations, graduate, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Boppin' at the Glue Factory (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A junkie nurse rules the night shift at a convalescent hospital.
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, dark humor, realistic
Plot: satire, workplace, drug abuse, addiction, workplace situations, dishonesty, against the rules, life is a bitch, cons and scams, retirement home, retirement home life, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Martin & Orloff (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This is the story of a marketing man and his shrink. A suicide attempt and a softball game; A PHD-toting stripper and a deranged Desert Storm vet; A giant sparerib costume and the world's largest peenis; John Woo-style violence and Steel ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, clever, witty, humorous ...
Plot: boss and employee, self discovery, workplace, nothing goes right, disorder, hitman, power relations, workplace situations, down on your luck, mental illness, desert, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Smoking Room (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Spanish branch of an American company is obliged to enforce the ban on smoking in their offices. From now on, those who want to smoke during working hours must do so in the street. Ramirez, one of the employees of this small office composed ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: boss and employee, politics, workplace, office, obnoxious boss, workplace situations, introspection, state affairs, campaign, power relations, gender, lobbyist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Outsourced (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman heads to India to train his replacement.
Style: realistic, feel good, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: boss, workplace, self discovery, office, human nature, fish out of water, arts and culture, culture clash, love and romance, corporate world, manager, boss and employee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, bombay india, seattle washington, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Doors of Glory (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young man joins a team of experimented door-to-door salesmen, who teach him how to sell an expensive encyclopedia to modest homes that have no use for it.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, offbeat ...
Plot: fish out of water, workplace, rise to the top, misfit, leadership, family relations, on the road, boss and employee, small town, disorder, salesman, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.3
 7K
She Hate Me (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Fired from his job, a former executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.
Style: suspense, realistic, humorous, semi serious, sexy ...
Plot: workplace, workplace situations, investigation, couple relations, rise and fall, couples, dishonesty, downfall, false accusation, workplace intrigue, unemployment, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary
Place: u.s. capitol building
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Twister (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV evangelist. Also living at the farm is his layabout daughter ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, contemplative, dark humor ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, tornado, mental illness, family life, eccentric family, family gatherings, couples, family problems, storm, twister, dysfunctional ...
Time: 80s
Place: kansas, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: film within a film, filmmaker, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, friends, lifestyle, actor's life, satire, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dwarf, actor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Tenure (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Despite his outstanding intellect, associate professor Charlie Thurber is a chronic underachiever and has never received university tenure. Aided by his nutty best friend, Charlie launches a final effort to make the grade at Gray College. But a ...
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, entertaining, semi serious ...
Plot: college, workplace intrigue, teachers and students, battle of the sexes, workplace, disorder, buddies, rivalry, drugs/alcohol, campus, friends, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, yale university, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Coffee, Kill Boss (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When ten executives secretly meet to sell off their company, they're murdered one by one in this darkly comedic romp through the halls of corporate America.
Style: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, deadly, conspiracy, betrayal, deception, boss, office, deal, gun, death, vice president, gun action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Lisa Picard Is Famous (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A documentarian decides to follow the career of New York actress Lisa Picard, believing she is on the brink of fame. Instead, he bears witness to Lisa's continued, humorous, struggles as an actress, as well as the conflict that arises when ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: satire, ambition, desire for fame, rise to the top, workplace romance, workplace situations, filmmaking, lifestyle, rising to stardom, actor's life, love and romance, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Walter (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.
Style: humorous, surreal, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: workplace situations, supernatural, love and romance, destiny, imaginary, workplace, hopes, workplace romance, god, cause and meaning, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mother (Bill Cosby), Jugs (Raquel Welch) & Speed (Harvey Keitel) work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.
Style: humorous, suspense, dark humor, biting, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, workplace situations, buddies, underdog, fighting the system, nothing goes right, partners, rivalry, contests and competitions, disorder, friends, chase ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
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Cold Fever (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Japan, Iceland, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Japanese businessman travels to Iceland and has a series of misadventures while venturing to a remote area to perform a traditional burial ritual where his parents died several years back.
Style: bleak, humorous, road movie, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: culture clash, fish out of water, on the road, misfit, society, nothing goes right, escapades, obsessive quest, anniversary, disorder, golf, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: iceland, japan, europe, asia, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Bill Collector (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Uncle Frankie (Danny Trejo) is not the kind of guy you want to meet in a dark alley. Especially when you owe him money and have been giving him the slip for a few years. Such is the fate of Lorenzo Adams (Gary Moore), a top bill collector at Lump ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: crimes, cons and scams, workplace situations, race against time, dishonesty, workplace, fired from the job, office, loan shark, debt collector, disorder, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 91 min.
Story: During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli.
Style: thought provoking, humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: friendship, change of luck, fish out of water, culture clash, society, boss and employee, wisdom of life, power relations, immigrants, racism, teaching the ways of the world, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Year of the Dog (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.
Style: touching, humorous, dark humor, melancholic, offbeat ...
Plot: friendship, pets, rescue, infidelity, couple relations, human nature, dog, single woman, african american, office, attempted murder, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Demoted (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: What go around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross)
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: prank, workplace, rebelliousness, workplace intrigue, boss and employee, silly humor, workplace situations, obnoxious boss, rivalry, partners, buddies, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%